• James Gardner, MD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Hometown: Taylorsville, UT

    Undergraduate University: Utah State University

    Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

    Career Plans: Brain Injury, Sports Medicine

    Why VUMC: Growing program, Trajectory to be best program in the nation, kind/supportive department and faculty, easygoing residents, tons to do in Nashville

    Outside Interests & Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, volleyball, wakeboarding/surfing, XC skiing, gardening/landscaping, cooking.

  • Samir Khan, DO

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Hometown: Dallas, TX

    Undergrad: The University of Texas at Dallas

    Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) / Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)

    Career Plans: Open-minded

    Why VUMC? I did an away rotation here as a medical student and absolutely loved it. Everyone here is supportive, personable, diverse, and smart. The training is superb and will set you up for success in any realm of PM&R. We work hard and play hard, and I felt this was the best fit for me. Also, Nashville is a super cool city that can appeal to virtually anyone!

    Outside interests: soccer, hiking, kayaking, golf (novice)

  • Christian Roehmer, MD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Undergraduate: Michigan State University

    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Career plans: Interventional pain, musculoskeletal, and regenerative medicine

    Why did you choose VUMC: I chose Vanderbilt because it offers a well-rounded education, excellent research opportunities, outstanding faculty mentorship, and a great location.

    Outside interests: Family, friends, athletics, and travel

  • Theodora Tran Swenson, MD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Hometown: Denver, Colorado

    Undergrad: Stanford university

    Medical school: University of Colorado

    Career plans: sports or spine

    Why VUMC? I wanted to be part of an interdisciplinary graduate campus, and I found VUMC's proximity to the business, law, and engineering schools very appealing. My husband is also a Nashville native, and he showed me that the Nashville community is made up of some of the kindest and smartest people around.

    Outside interests/hobbies: Lagree pilates, yoga, tennis, photography, DIY and home improvement projects

  • Evan Berlin, MD


    Hometown: Solon, OH

    Undergraduate (and other Education only if applicable): Wake Forest University 

    Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University 

    Academic Awards/Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University, Founder of the Business & Leadership in Medical Practices group in medical school 

    Career plans: Likely will pursue a career in either Spine or Sports but still open to other fields 

    Why did you choose VUMC? On the interview day I connected very well with all the attendings and residents I met. Everyone expressed enjoyment in their work, who they worked with, and seemed to have a great work-life balance.  It was evident that the administrators were very receptive to feedback and willing to adapt, which I believe is crucial in the ever-evolving field of PM&R. The attendings and their accomplishments were also very impressive, and I knew I was going to get excellent training if I matched here. In addition to that, I recognized having the opportunity to spend intern year at VUMC (a top internal medicine program) would give me the foundation of medicine that would allow me to feel comfortable caring for any patient going forward. Finally, I would be lying if the lights, sounds, and food of Nashville weren’t a factor in where I would be spending 4 years of my life. 

    Outside Interests: Staying active; I play on a soccer and volleyball team with my co-residents, enjoy going to the gym, and hiking/going to the lakes around Nashville with my girlfriend & dog, Traveling; I’ve been to over 20 counties and hope to continue to add to that list, Food, both cooking and eating, Cleveland sports; though it wasn’t very fun the first 20 years of my life, Exploring the many different neighborhoods of Nashville.

  • Adam Epps, DO


    Hometown: Morristown, TN

    Undergraduate: University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Academic Awards/Honors: Sigma Sigma Phi Scholar

    Career plans: Interventional Spine/MSK or Sports Medicine

    Why did you choose VUMC: Fantastic attending physicians. Family atmosphere. Plenty of research opportunity. Above all with this being a new program at one of the top institutions in America, I would get to help build a premier PM&R program with some amazing people. 

    Outside Interests: CrossFit, playing sports (mostly Volleyball and Basketball), hanging out with my wife Lindsay and my pup Major.  Vol For Life!

  • Lauren Massey, MD


    Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Undergraduate University: The Ohio State University

    Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine

    Career plans: Interested in SCI and spine but also open minded

    Why did you want to come to VUMC? The people! Everyone is amazing and friendly, both residents and faculty. Nashville is also a great city with an endless list of activities to do from listening to live music on Broadway, to drinking wine at Arrington Vineyards, to hiking nearby in the Smokey Mountains.

    Outside Interests and Hobbies: I love staying active and playing beach volleyball every week with my friends and co-residents. I enjoy playing cards and board games such as Catan. I also enjoy going to Arrington Vineyards to taste wine and listen to music. Additionally, I love playing and walking my dog Zoey.

  • Scott Miller, MD


    Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

    Undergraduate: Marquette University 

    Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia 

    Career plans: Open-minded 

    Why did you chose VUMC: incredible people, great academic institution, supportive/family environment, endless opportunities and located in the country music capital of the world. 

    Outside Interests: Staying active by playing soccer, running and working out, spending time with my dog Goober, fishing for bluegill in Percy Priest Lake, cooking in my air fryer, Go Spurs (Tottenham not San Antonio)! 

  • Sterling Haring, DO, MPH


    Hometown: Hot Springs, AR

    Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

    MPH: Johns Hopkins University

    DrPH: Johns Hopkins University (2020)

    Fellowships: Harvard University, Universitá della Svizzera Italiana

    Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton, FL)

    Awards and Honors: Ambrose Scholar (APTR), Welch Scholar (AOA), Seltzer Legislative Award (FOMA), Student of the Year (FOMA [2012], LECOM [2013]), Sigma Sigma Phi 

    Career Plans: Interventional clinical work, continued policy and research work

    Why VUMC? Vanderbilt was the perfect combination of excellence and humanity. This is a unique place where a resident can receive world class training at a renowned and historic institution among colleagues who value life outside of medicine as well as within. I’ve never seen anything like it.

    Outside interests: I’ve spent much of my career in policy-relevant research and public health policy (opioids, gun violence, injury prevention), and remain actively engaged in those arenas institutionally, locally, and nationally. I also enjoy serving with colleagues in varying capacities (AAP RFC Board, AAMC ORR, AACOM, AOA Bureau of Science and Public Health). Outside of academic endeavors, I enjoy fly fishing, playing baseball with my kids, and triathlon training.

  • Jose Malave, MD


    Hometown: College Station, TX

    Undergraduate: Rice University

    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

    Career plans: Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine

    Why did you chose VUMC: I chose VUMC because I feel like this program already has the potential to be one of the best in the country. The youth of the program was something that intrigued me as an opportunity to attend a place where I could explore my interests and contribute to its growth; the strong academic reputation of Vanderbilt helps attract the best minds in the field; and the people here as lovable as anywhere! 

    Outside Interests: Staying active, exploring Nashville, traveling, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, eating delicious food, watching funny TV shows

  • Renee Rosati, DO


    Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

    Undergraduate: Texas Christian University

    Medical School: VCOM-Carolinas

    Academic Awards/Honors: Vanderbilt PM&R Research Day 2019 Best Presentation Award, 2019 Co-Chair of Vanderbilt’s House Staff Advisory Council

    Career plans- Interventional Spine. Renee is currently researching the risks of continuing anticoagulant/antiplatelet medications during interventional spine procedures.  She also interested in how music and art can play a role in the rehabilitation process.

    Why did you choose VUMC –   The PM&R residency program cultivates a close-knit, familial atmosphere. Also, Vanderbilt is a prominent institution with a vast number of resources.  For example, residents can choose to study in 7 different libraries, they can enroll in one Vanderbilt class per semester, and they can collaborate with the school of business or engineering to start a novel project.

    Outside Interests: licensed real estate agent, published photographer, a hobbyist oil painter, and a fan of the great outdoors. Favorite things to do in Nashville are going to pop up acoustic concerts (mystery location, mystery artists until the day of show), relaxing at the beach at Percy Priest Lake, and perfecting her peach cobbler recipe.  

  • Amos Song, MD


    Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

    Name: Amos Song

    Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

    Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

    Academic Awards/Honors: DeBakey Research Scholar Award, Marvin Moore Scholarship Award

    Career plans: Sports Medicine 

    Why did you chose VUMC: Outstanding faculty mentors at a renown academic institution

    Outside Interests: cooking, traveling, spending time with family

  • Jean Pierre Betancourt, MD


    Hometown: Santurce, Puerto Rico

    Undergraduate: University of Miami

    Medical School: University of Puerto Rico Medical School

    Awards and Honors: George E. Merrick Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List Recipient, President’s List Recipient

    Career plans: Interventional Spine

    Why did you choose VUMC? I choose VUMC for its culture of excellence. Not only is it a world-renowned medical center, but it excels at creating an environment geared towards empathy and professionalism.

    Outside Interests: I enjoy discussing sports, being physically active, a good book, but, most importantly, a truly great movie. The more obscure the movie reference, the better.

  • Rohini Rao, MD


    Hometown: Sylvania, OH

    Undergraduate: Youngstown State University through BS/MD Program at Northeast Ohio Medical University, MPH - Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health

    Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

    Academic Awards/Honors: Chief Resident 2018-2020, Summa Cum Laude Youngstown State University

    Career plans:  Sports Medicine Fellowship 

    Why did you choose VUMC? I chose VUMC because of the open-door policy in a department with great people, research opportunity, and potential for wonderful sports medicine education. 

    Outside Interests: Bollywood and Indian Classical Dancing, tennis, traveling with my husband 

  • Alex Schmidt, MD


    Hometown: St. Clair, MI

    Undergraduate: BBA, Western Michigan University

    Medical School: Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine

    Career plans: Pain Medicine 

    Why did you choose VUMC? Vanderbilt PM&R provides an exposure to a diverse patient population.  There are research opportunities with distinguished faculty who are committed to my professional development.  A supportive learning environment, strong departmental camaraderie and a rewarding work-life balance in Nashville, an exciting city on the move.

    Outside interests: Traveling, professional social league volleyball player, trained alligator handler, exploring with my dog, Kobe.

  • Sarah Welch, DO


    Hometown: Sewell, NJ

    Undergraduate: Rutgers University

    Graduate: Boston University

    Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Academic Awards/Honors: Top Scoring Abstract, American Geriatrics Society. Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program.

    Career plans: Academics/Physician Scientist

    Why did you choose VUMC?  New PM&R department set up within a rich academic environment with robust research support.

    Outside Interests Running, Road Cycling, Paddle boarding, Audiobooks, Travel